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Sheriff Park Richards | Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia


Park Richards

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, November 18, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Richards was shot and killed while he and a state trooper served a lunacy warrant on a man living in a cave. As the officers approached the area, after walking several hundred yards from the road, the suspect noticed them and began to walk away. The officers identified the man and stated their intent. The man suddenly turned around and opened fire with a rifle, striking Sheriff Richards in the throat. Both officers were able to return fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives as you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 18, 2011


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